Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Liver Blood Stasis, Toxic Heat in the Blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Serves 4
4 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1 – 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ – 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
celery leaves, to garnish

Place mushrooms, celery, and garlic in a pan and stir in the sherry or wine. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add half the stock and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return to the pan and ad the remaining stock, the Worcestershire sauce, ands nutmeg.

Bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with celery leaves.

Celery — sweet, bitter, cold; LV, ST; Clears heat, tonifies KD, strengthens SP/ST, lowers BP, benefits xue, calms LV & shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp, transforms phlegm; treats hypertension, insomnia, edema (swelling), diabetes, cough, ST fire, Lin syndrome.

Mushroom (white) – cool, sweet; clears summer heat, lowers BP, anti-tumor, detoxifies; treats hypertension, summer irritability and other summer heat problems, tumors; CI: white mushrooms should not be used by those with skin problems, allergies or a cold ST.

Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscesses, warms yang, dispels cold; combats cancer, high blood cholesterol, infections, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting and coughing of xue.

Dry sherry or white wine — warm, pungent, sweet; promotes circulation, enhances the effect of circulatory herbs; treats arthritis, traumas, bruises, painful conditions.

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST.

Overall this recipe pretty well-balanced in warming and cooling effects. It looks like it treats conditions in western medicine that, in eastern medicine, we consider having to do with toxic heat and phlegm (cancer, high blood cholesterol, tumors, high blood pressure). So for this reason, I am categorizing this as a WOOD IMBALANCE – LV xue stasis with phlegm and LV/GB damp-heat.